Dinner tonight was rigatoni and gnocchi from Noodle Pudding, accompanied by a bottle of excellent wine from Judy & Bob.
So, the plan for now is to complete some transition work for netomat (we're parting amicably) and then to take July and August off. The plan for July is to drive Frisket and Lisa cross-country to Illinois where we'll spend a couple of weeks shuttling between the wilds of DuPage county and Urbana-Champaign. I have no plans post-trip. Somehow I don't think the Silicon Alley economy will promptly turn around again upon my return to NYC.
Testing the Radio 8.08 upgrade to see how badly I hosed things.
Argh. I trashed my weblog. Well, not totally. I did two things tonight: first I migrated my epc.editthispage.com weblog into my current weblog (mainly merging in under 20 posts from 2001), then I upgraded to Radio 8.0x. So far the upgrade is ok with the slight exception of a completely different look for this site, which I just don't have time to debug tonight. So, for now...good night.
Working on fixing the post-upgrade template.
Ok...I updated my weblog to use Radio Userland 8.0. It seems to work ok (for now), apologies for the utter mess it left overnight. One advantage of RU8 is that I can run multiple logs from one PC so later today I'll merge in Frisket's weblog (it will still have a separate site but update more frequently since it won't be on my slowly decaying iMac).
Rats...the archive links are not working correctly.
I'll have to fix them tonight.
Since we moved in, the DSL and lan equipment have been sitting in our bedroom. This wasn't a problem in the winter since the added heat was welcome. In the summer though...since I found myself with added free time (and need to be able to work from home more regularly) I thought Hey, why not reconfigure the LAN the way it's supposed to be?.
In moving the LAN and DSL equipment to the office I appear to have switched the power supplies for the router and modem. The modem's real power supply no longer functions, and the modem itself appears to be brain dead (the power light comes on but nothing else activates).
And 24 hours later we're back on the air.
I called Cloud9 and explained my boo-boo and they shipped a new ADSL modem overnight (of course, since I admitted up front that I'd fried it I got to pay for the new modem).
The only catch is that I think what got fried was the Linksys Wireless Router since it does not respond and I verified that I am plugging in the correct power supply. Luckily being the geeks we are, we had a backup older Linksys box I could use as a firewall.
Of course this means no WiFi in most of the house :-(
Spent a frustrating day waiting for Keyspan to show up...see, we keep getting estimated readings from Keyspan since the meter reader only shows up when no one is home. So...we arranged to get a remote reader installed... the catch being that we have an ancient gas meter which doesn't support remote readers, so the meter needs to be replaced as well. A service guy came on Saturday, looked at the meter, and then announced that he didn't have the proper tools to do the install, could it be rescheduled for Monday?
Hence my waiting here all day.
Still trying to find out about the storm that passed through here an hour ago. Lisa and I were watching TV in the den when we heard the wind kick up. Then something (I'm guessing ball lightening) flashed inside the house by our skylight (where there's nothing electrical to speak of). We shut down everything upstairs and consulted with Frisket (who was completely oblivious to the thunder and high winds).
Of course, it's completely clear now.
Argh...wiped out my homepage (what little there was of it) when I uploaded my calendar.
Argh. Argh. Argh.
Ok..fixed the homepage.
Site needs a redesign doesn't it? Good thing I have some spare time now eh?
Working for the day at Netomat. Am trying to figure out how to do things with MS PowerPoint which were trivial in Lotus Freelance.
Keyspan inspected the meter.
Keyspan determined that the meter is a "honking huge old ugly thing".
Keyspan determined that a suitable replacement was not in the Keyspan van.
Keyspan promised to return in an hour.
More updates as the occur throughout the day. Stay tuned for more As the meter turns.
I swear I dozed off and woke up 20 minutes later and we were still at 23rd street. Conductor comes back on and says that we'd be held at the station until 5:00 p.m. (it was about 4:30 at this point)...recommending that people in a rush to get to Brooklyn take an Uptown A/C to 59th street where they could take a Sixth avenue train to Brooklyn. By the time you do that transfer it'd be 5:00 already, so I stayed on the train. Almost as soon as everyone who was going to get off to do the uptown transfer got off, the doors closed and we started rolling down to 14th street, eventually slowing to a crawl again. We got to 14th around 4:55 with no sign that we were going to leave before 5:00, 6:00, etc.
So I think to myself...Hey Self, why not take the L to the 2/3 or the F? I need to learn to ignore these thoughts. I did take the L to Sixth avenue and transferred to an F, figuring that whatever was holding up the A/C was likely to affect the 1/2/3 as well. The F crept out of the station (notice a trend here) and slowly made its way to West 4th, and the rest of the Manhattan stops. By the time we got to York St Brooklyn I'd had enough (I was toying with going to Jay St and transferring to a Manhattan bound A/C for one stop). York St is not exactly close to our house in Brooklyn Heights (given that we're spoiled by having the 2/3 stop nearly across the street, and the A/C just a couple of short blocks away). I finally got home around 5:45 where I was promptly reprimanded by Frisket for staying away so long.